It is written by a clergy spouse and business woman in the US, who has thoughtfully made this book a short read (61 pages) with helpful titles. She outlines 12 pebbles (aka truths) that have helped and inspired her throughout her Christian walk, with some fun personal stories and challenging questions along the way.
desire to live a transparent, Christian life instead of discussing the specifics of clergy family life. Drawing on her experiences in ministry, family and running a business, she explores topics such as accountability, loving others, and honesty.
My concern with advice books often comes when authors attempt to make their experience into one that suits everyone's unique situation. While there are general truths that apply to many, not every experience can apply to everyone. In personal advice books such as these, there needs to be a clear element that the advice is theirs, and not the only way to approach a situation or lifestyle.
Fishbowl Living claims that the 12 pebbles are "eternal truths" that have brought the author success and triumph in all areas of life. While this success may be true for her, I don't agree with the author's suggestion that the pebbles are therefore "eternal truths" that everyone (especially Christians) should spend their lives chasing. I wasn't convinced that the triumph and success that came through using her pebbles were necessarily measures of a good faith walk, particularly as only five truths were based on a bible verse.
While this book doesn't give particular insights into clergy family living, Fishbowl Living is a great conversation with the author about her Christian walk and how she navigates complicated situations.
Have you read it? What did you think of it? :)
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